CAMDEN, NJ — Scammers banking on heightened anxiety surrounding the pandemic and the elderly in self-quarantine have begun to cheat residents out of thousands of dollars, the Camden County prosecutor warned Wednesday. 

Of the multiple cases reported in various New Jersey counties, police said the pattern has been a phone call from an individual claiming to be a lawyer or family member saying that a child or grandchild has been arrested and requires bail money. 

The reported victims so far said they have been told to withdraw money from the bank and wait at home where a bondsman meets them who, after collecting the money, is no longer in contact.

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Of the information on victims in Camden County thus far, one was a Cherry Hill resident scammed out of over $10,000, and another a Gloucester Township resident who lost more than $25,000.

“Based on the circumstances, this appears to be an organized, targeted effort to defraud vulnerable adults who believe they are just trying to help their loved ones,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer. 

Anyone who receives such a call is advised to note the incoming phone number, hang up the line and contact the authorities. You can call the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Alex Burckhardt at 609-789-7330.

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